“On these and a whole host of values, John Kerry’s votes and statements over the decades that he’s been in office put him on the left, out of the mainstream and out of touch with the conservative values of the heartland.”

The Kerry campaign was quick to respond. “Considering that Dick Cheney got five deferments from the military to avoid combat, he’s the last person who should be attacking Vietnam veteran John Kerry’s commitment to the flag,” said spokesman Phil Singer.